By the virtue of their service our men and women in uniform are entitled to have their votes count and be counted, unfortunately for a long time this has not been the case. Eric Eversole the leader of a group called the Military Voter Protection Project talks about Ground Hog Day experience where each election our troops find out their ballots didn’t make it in time to be counted. Eversole points out that it has become increasingly difficult for our men and women in uniform to vote. Eversole mentions that it not only affects the morale of the troops but also impacts the elections. We need to find an alternate to regular mail to get the votes of the troops in.
Karen Lugo, a prominent member of the federal society, a lawyer and a visiting professor at the Chapman University sheds light on ‘Taqiyya Tour’ sponsored by Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) presents the idea that Sharia and our constitution are not only compatible but they are inspired by the same ideas. ICNA has a budget of $3 million to run this program. ICNA points out that the Sharia to be implemented in the U.S. would be different from the one adopted by conservative countries such as Saudi Arabia.
Bruce Klinger a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and a former CIA and DIA intelligence specialist examines the situation in North Korea and its new regime. Klinger points out that the recent launching of a missile by N. Korea is a violation of the UN resolution and the agreement signed with the U.S. Klinger mentions that N. Korea testing its nuclear weapons is a certainty and this has closed any doors for negotiations. Should the U.S. engage in diplomatic talks and negotiations with this country? What should be the administration’s response?
Does the recent raid over the weekend by the Haqqani network in some of the highly secured areas of Afghanistan show that we are losing in Afghanistan? Does it point to a lack of coherent strategy in Afghanistan? Jim Hanson former Army Special Forces and our boots on the ground specialist joins Frank to discuss the situation in Afghanistan plus the recent controversial photos posted by newspapers of an Army soldier posing with a blown up dead body.
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What is the status between the United States and their allies in reference to North Korea’s nuclear program and how does China fit into this situation. Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation explains that the older generation sees it as a socialist buffer-zone between them and the West. The younger generation sees it as a trouble maker and wants more dialog between China and South Korea. Bruce then explains the presence of the US in South Korea and in the region and how the defense cuts will hinder the region’s security.
Robert Zarate speaks on the defense budget and how the Department of Defense has spent less than their budget every year for the last five years and non-defense programs have exceeded their budgets during that same timeframe. A deep cut in defense spending will have disastrous effects on our security, not just today or tomorrow but years down the road. In a time of uprisings in the Middle East, aggression in Asia and general hatred for America and democracy overall throughout parts of the world, how can America handcuff itself through these cuts? How can our diplomats push American interests and democracy if they are not protected by their military? These cuts will not only affect our military capabilities, but our diplomatic capabilities as well.
Egyptian Coptic writer and activist, Cynthia Farahat, recently escaped violent religious persecution of the Egyptian domestic security forces. Today she joined Fred Grandy in the Secure Freedom Radio studio and is reporting in English on that persecution, the nature of the forces taking power, and up to the day events on the ground. The U.S. government policy makers and media are not getting the whole story and are especially missing the most important intelligence requirements of the political and human rights state of play. The U.S. government is in fact currently arming and funding the violent persecution of religious minorities in Egypt including moderate Sufi Muslims.
Is the Obama Administration tired of China’s games or are they playing politics and are employing a campaign strategy? Gordon Chang explains the change in U.S. policy towards China. The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal does not include China, the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle Concept which is directed to containing China, Taiwan being named a major security partner as well as the recent East-Asia Summit, the U.S. has taken a stance to China’s South China Sea claims are just a few examples of the shift in Obama’s policy towards China. Will China back off from their aggressive endeavors within the region or will this new shift make them more hostile? Post Cold War, the U.S. policy towards China was to work with them and provide them with assistance even when they went against American principals. We rewarded them for being bad, so what incentive does China have to work with us instead of against us?
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